Ohio teen trapped in van dies despite pleas to 911

Ohio

Authorities in Cincinnati are pledging to find out what went wrong in the death of a 16-year-old boy they say became trapped by a minivan bench seat Tuesday in a school parking lot. His body was found more than six hours after he first called 911.
  
Police Chief Eliot Isaac calls Kyle Plush’s death a “horrific tragedy.” A dispatcher was put on leave Thursday as the investigation continues.
  
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says his office is trying to identify experts to help its own probe. The coroner ruled the teen died of asphyxia, from his chest being compressed.

According to CBS affiliate WKRC in Cincinnati, Police Chief Isaac discussed a timeline the department had pieced together using Plush’s calls to 911 and police records: 

Police Chief Eliot Isaac discussed a timeline the department had pieced together using Plush’s calls to 911 and police records.

  • 3:16 p.m. – Kyle Plush calls 911 and says he can’t hear the call taker but he needs help and is trapped in his van. The call lasted under three minutes and disconnected.
  • 3:23 p.m. – The call taker dispatches two officers to the area of Seven Hills School after using GPS technology to narrow down Plush’s location.
  • 3:26 p.m. – Two Cincinnati police officers arrive at the high school and begin patrolling the area in an effort to find the van.
  • 3:35 pm – Kyle Plush called 911 a second time. Call taker Amber Smith answers the call. Plush gave a description of his van and his location but a loud noise sounded during the call. Plush said in the call he doesn’t have much time left and wants his mother to know that he loves her. Chief Isaac said Smith did not pass along the information about the call but they’re not sure what happened.
  • 3:37 p.m. – The Cincinnati police officers said in radio transmissions they believed the call was a prank. They close out the call and return to service.
  • 3:44 p.m. – A Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputy who was working an off-duty traffic detail calls the communication center and asks a call taker for information about the van. He also tried to locate the van and stated he looked in one van.

Chief Isaac added that the teen provided detailed information to the 911 dispatcher.  

“During the second call, the caller gave specific, detailed information regarding the make, model, and color of the vehicle,” Isaac said. 

The teen said in the 911 call that he was in “desperate need of help.” He later asked a dispatcher to “tell my mom I love her if I die.”

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